It's a sad day for the concept art world. Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who created concept designs for the first Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica television show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and other science fiction classics, has passed away at age 82..
A previously unpublished Ralph McQuarrie work! It mimics an earlier piece and was planned to be used as the cover to The Empire Strikes Back novelization but was never finalized. Read the full story at StarWars.com.